Volker Eisele Family Estate

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Chiles Valley District

2012 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 16 | Lot No. 45


Volker Eisele Family Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon
Chiles Valley District

5 cases produced

On the slopes of the Volker Eisele Family Estate, Alexander, the second-generation Eisele to tend the vineyard, has developed his passion for perfection. He understands that quality begins with each individual vine. It is with a unique two-acre hillside block, planted in 1976, that he has reached the ultimate, producing the spectacular fruit that went into this lot. While yields are low due to precise cluster selection, the quality is extraordinarily high. Under the supervision of winemaker John McKay, the grapes were crushed, fermented and barrel aged in 100% French oak, Aillier and Troncais. While impressive now, the finesse and depth yield a complexity which will only increase with age.

Aging Process

24 months in 80% new French Oak Ailler and Troncais

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.72
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Wine was dry farmed
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

John McKay

Winemaker, Volker Eisele Family Estate

Winemaker, John McKay

John McKay brings 38 years of winemaking experience to Volker Eisele Family Estate. For many years, he has been at the forefront of his profession, implementing new winemaking techniques that were heretofore unknown in California. In the 1980s, he pioneered the now-common practice of "sur lie” aging of barrel-fermented white wines. He was the first to use Semillon as a blending component with Sauvignon Blanc to make wines of great complexity and distinction in the typical Bordeaux style. Volker Eisele Family Estate continues this practice with our Gemini. With red wines, McKay has instituted the use of extended maceration during fermentation for more suppleness and depth of character. It is now applied to both the Volker Eisele Family Estate Cabernet and to our Terzetto. Before joining Volker Eisele Family Estate in 2000, McKay worked with some of California's most influential consulting winemakers, including Helen Turley, Heidi Peterson Barrett, Paul Hobbs and Merry Edwards. We were delighted when he agreed to work with us.

Country born: United States

Education: Degree from UC DAVIS. SEE BIO

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
The vineyard is the key.

Spec's Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods

7933 North Mesa Street
El Paso  TX  79932


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